Today we announced $3.6 million in new and ongoing grants during the September grant cycle. Our founders, Fred and Barbara Erb valued the contribution the arts make to the area’s economic, social, and creative well-being which is why over $2 million was awarded to arts and culture organizations. See the complete grants list here.
Sixty arts and culture organizations received unrestricted general operating support grants during the grant cycle. Additionally, the Carr Center, which focuses on preserving African and African American cultural arts traditions, received matching funds to expand its programs and organizational infrastructure.
The remaining $1.6 million in grants was dispersed across the Foundation’s other focus areas. Grants were awarded to Great Lakes organizations that are increasing stewardship, reducing agricultural runoff, and improving water quality in the Great Lakes basin.
- Friends of the Detroit River received $330,000 to create a new program that cultivates more stewards of the river
- Council of State Governments received $50,000 to engage state and provincial legislators in developing policies and recommendations to reduce phosphorus pollution
Grants in the environmental health and justice focus areas will help reduce elevated blood lead levels in Detroit and Wayne County children and incidents of asthma.